Yesterday I finished a quilt that I began in 2004. I found it when I was sorting through a cabinet and had completely forgotten about it. I took a good look at it and thought it was cute enough to finish up and donate to a charity silent auction. Once I began working on it I remembered the story of why I made it.
In early 2003 the Crooked Tree Art Center commissioned 20 local artists to transform a variety of carts into “working works of art” for their annual fundraiser “Dart for Art”. I was lucky enough to get this primitive child’s toy cart:
which immediately told me “I want to be a chicken.” So I transformed it into a Chicken Cart and made a small jester to ride in the cart.
Normally I don’t have any problem letting my work go but I got pretty attached to the Chicken Cart. Probably because it was such a challenge but also I collect chicken “stuff.” The good news is a friend of mine became the happy owner and she still really likes it.
I was part of the 2004 Journal Quilt Project at the time so I made my second journal quilt to commemorate the Chicken Cart:
That winter I took a convergence quilt workshop at the local quilt shop, probably to relieve cabin fever. I pieced the convergence portion of it pretty quickly but it didn’t do anything for me. So I added a chicken that was similar to the one on the journal quilt and added a nest with eggs.
I started to quilt it and had gotten about 1/3 of the convergence center quilted when I put it away for some reason. I have no recollection of why but it was way on the bottom of a shelf, deep in my storage cabinet.
It only took a few days to finish. I suspect I quilt a lot faster now than I did 6 1/2 years ago. Tomorrow I will deliver it to the hospital foundation office and in December it will find a permanent home.
So, one more UFO is done. There are a few more that look like they are worth doing something with….in a while.